Hyde5: More cornerback questions, extra operating sport considerations – 5 ideas on Dolphins vs. Raiders
Do the Dolphins name unsigned veteran cornerback Joe Haden?
It has to cross their minds. With the standing of starter Byron Jones unsure for the opener and depth considerations in th unit, this summer time has been a expertise search at cornerback. It didn’t assist that cornerback Nik Needham walked off with an obvious dislocated finger Saturday towards the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s not a significant subject prefer to Trill Williams (knee) within the first presason sport. It’s simply not what you needed.
Nor did it assist Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham took goal observe on the Dolphins obvious fourth cornerback, Noah Igbinoghene. After struggling in camp and the primary presason sport, Igbinoghene had two Stidham completions towards him the primary sequence and one other one on the second sequence.
The Dolphins have among the best cornerbacks within the sport in Xavien Howard, who sat out Saturday evening once more. Needham suits in there. But after that if Jones can’t go? McKenzie Alexander, signed this week, bought beat on a crossing sample Saturday.
It’s too early to say a lot both method on him, but it surely’s not too early to suppose they’ll be on the lookout for cornerbacks. Haden, by the way in which, is 33 and unsigned after enjoying with Pittsburgh final season.
2. There’s been a few fixed themes hit laborious about tight ends in Mike McDaniel’s offense: You’ve bought to assault – and also you’ve bought to dam. That’s why Mike Gesicki’s lack of ability to dam is extra related on this offense. With the Dolphins close to their goal-line he utterly whiffed on Raiders speeding linebacker Kenny Young, who flushed Teddy Bridgewater out of the pocket ultimately zone. Bridgewater was then chased down, threw the ball late and the refs correctly dominated intentional grounding. That’s Exhibit A if McDaniel decides Gesicki simply can’t work in his offense.
3. Here’s the priority of the offense heading into the season: Eight carries, 4 yards speeding within the first half. This wasn’t a personnel subject. The Dolphins began 4 of their 5 offensive linemen (solely sort out Tarron Armstead sat out the evening), and operating again Chase Edmonds (three carries, three yards). This was towards the second- and third-stringers of the Raiders, too. Bottom-line: There’s work to do.
4. Tua Tagovailoa accomplished six of eight passes for 58 yards. The Dolphins go of the evening was from Bridgewater, although. Facing third-and-10 simply earlier than half, Bridgewater threw a superbly positioned 28-yarder to Braylon Sanders. That arrange Jason Sanders’ second area objective of the evening – a 57-yarder after a earlier 46-yarder.
5. The Raiders had been lacking at the very least 27 gamers Saturday. So the traditional qualifier about studying a lot into preseason will get watered down much more. The NFL has diminished the variety of presason video games from 4 to a few lately. The transfer will come to eliminate the preseason altogether and promote tickets and televise the joint practices that groups love as a result of they’re extra managed. The Dolphins, by the way in which, have two observe with Philadelphia subsequent week earlier than just about nobody will play within the closing preseason sport.